Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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COWT, n.2 “A strong stick, a rung” (Fif. 1825 Jam.2).

[Origin uncertain: phs. an abbr. of obs. Eng. colt-staff, variant of cowl-staff, a stout stick (N.E.D.).]

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